Lithuania, the most vibrant of the Baltic states, owes much of her culture and national flavor to the rich history of Central Europe. At one time it shared an empire with its neighbor Poland, stretching from the Baltic Sea almost to the Black Sea. Today, the Lithuanian people are regarded as much more than their Estonian and Latvian counterparts. Although smaller than most countries, Lithuania boasts her own attractions - from the intriguing Curonian Spit and the mysterious Hill of Crosses, to the urban accouterments of Vilnius, the historic and vibrant capital. 

Summers are warm and the weather in spring and autumn relatively mild. Winter can be very cold and heavy snowfall is common. Rain is common througout the year, but heaviest in August.

Fertile central plains are separated by hilly uplands that are ancient glacial deposits

Major Holidays & Events
January 1st - New Year (also the National flag day)
February 16th - Day of State Restoration
March 11th - Day of Independence Restoration
Date set by the Roman Catholic tradition - Velykos (Easter Sunday)
Date set by the Roman Catholic tradition - Velykos (Easter Monday)
May 1st - Labour day
First Sunday of May - Mother's day
First Sunday of June - Father's day
June 24th - Joninės / Rasos (St. John's day)
July 6th - State day (Day of King Mindaugas corronation)
August 15th - Žolinė / Virgin Mary Assumption day
November 1st - All Saints day
December 24th - Kūčios (Christmas Eve)
December 25th - Kalėdos (First day of Christmas)
December 26th - Kalėdos (Second day of Christmas)

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